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Several new titles were just added to New in the North Carolina Collection. To see the full list simply click on the link in the entry or click on the New in the North Carolina Collection tab at the top of the page. As always, full citations for all the new titles can be found […]

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1. “When I was growing up, Billy Graham was very popular…. I went to two or three of his rallies in the ’50s or ’60s. This guy was like rock ‘n’ roll personified — volatile, explosive. He had the hair, the tone, the elocution — when he spoke, he brought the storm down. Clouds parted. […]

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This month marks the 80th anniversary of a speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at UNC, an event that is considered significant in FDR’s political career. Roosevelt’s arrival on December 5th, 1938 was the first visit to Chapel Hill by a sitting U.S. President in the 20th century. And his speech took place scarcely a […]

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1. Why did “Proud to be Bucolic” appear on bumper stickers in Winston-Salem in the 1980s? 2. What president instructed that redwoods and sequoias be planted in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? 3. What 1958 hit record by Dunn native Link Wray was banned in New York and Boston for fear it would incite teenage […]

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1. What essential product does Spruce Pine provide the Masters golf tournament? 2. “They used to write in my studio bios that I was the daughter of a cotton farmer from Chapel Hill. Hell, baby, I was born on a tenant farm in Grabtown. How’s that grab ya? Grabtown, North Carolina. And it looks exactly […]

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1. In 1948 citizens of Newport News petitioned Virginia’s governor to close its southern border — why? 2. In 1988 officials at Raleigh-Durham International Airport teasingly distributed pinback buttons asking, “Parlez-vous Francais, Charlotte?” — why? 3. After this educator’s death at the age of 39, Frederick Douglass lamented that “the race has lost its ablest […]

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1. In the N.C. mountains, what lucrative commodity is known as “sang”? 2. What Catawba County town may have been named after an Italian sculptor? 3. The “Chapel” in Chapel Hill was of what denomination? 4. Whom do the two classic equestrian statues in Greensboro and Winston-Salem honor? 5. Twice — in 1977 and 1991 […]

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1. Where did Henry Clay write the memorable words, “I had rather be right than be president”?  2. In a commencement-speaking invitation to what president did Davidson refer to itself as “by far the most flourishing institution in North Carolina since the decline of the State University”?  3. What was the fate of the women’s […]

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1. Thelonious Monk, the jazz great born in Rocky Mount, often wore what in his lapel when playing New York clubs? 2. Whose liver is on display in a pan of formaldehyde at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia? 3. What bird, considered extinct in North Carolina since 1959, was reintroduced in 1984? 4. True or […]

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1. “At the first gesture of morning, flies began stirring” — in what novel is this the opening sentence? 2. Billy Graham attracted his largest single-day audience — more than 1.1 million — in 1973. Where was it? 3. Which first name is more common in North Carolina than in any other state: Flake, Flay […]

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